Here's a web site for the Court of Appeals for the State of New York.
On this site they make all of that court's decisions available to the
On the right hand side there's a link called "Advanced Decision Search".
Click on that link, and when you get to the Search Court of Appeals
Deciions dialogue box, leave the whole thing blank and go right to the
bottom and type in Adverse Possession where it says "Search Full Text"
and then select "Exact Match" in the drop down list immediately below.
Then click on the Find button.
There have been three cases concerning Adverse Possession in the State
of New York since 2006, and one of them involves two individuals,
neither of which was aware of where their true property boundary was.
'Walling v Przybylo (2006 NY Slip Op 04747)'
When you find court case citations, such as this:
*7 NY3d at 232} Division determined: "In the absence
of an overt acknowledgment, our courts have recognized since Humbert v
Trinity Church [24 Wend 587 (1840)], that an adverse possessor's claim
of right or ownership will not be defeated by mere knowledge that
another holds legal title" (24 AD3d 1, 4 [3d Dept 2005] [citation
Humbert v Trinity Church is a court case that is reported in a set of
court case transcripts called "Wend" (presumably short for "Wendell") in
book # 24 and starting on page 587.
If you simply take that citation down to the law library at your local
university, the librarians there will give you Wend 24 and you can
photocopy the transcript of that case.
Similarily, your city will have a library typically located in the same
building as court cases are heard (so judges and lawyers have easy
access to the transcripts of previous cases with similar facts) where
you can look up and photocopy that case yourself. If you print off the
case cited above (Walling vs Prysbylo), any of the librarians in that
library will be able to help you understand what certain words and
The librarians of those law libraries will also have access to the
decisions of other courts, but typically there's a small fee for getting
them to search for case law concerning whatever topic you're interested
in, and for the printing or photocopying they do for you.